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I love entertaining. I love being the hostess. I basically love everything about throwing a party! You can be the boss on what kind of dishes to use, what kind of flat wear to use, what kind of glasses to use and if there will be a theme or not! There is something special about being the “hostess with the most-ess” and everyone loves a well prepared, generous, friendly and wonderful host! So for those great parties everyone will be throwing this summer I thought these DIY Serving Platters would be the perfect addition to your line up of great items to use!

One of my other favorite new trends is chalkboard paint. This paint is so amazing for any project and can really be used in so many places in your home or apartment! Here is how the chalkboard paint is used in this project.

Supplies:

O  A porcelain platter

O  painter’s tape (optional)

O  Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Amazon)
(Don’t use regular chalkboard paint. This only works with porcelain paint.)

O  A soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)

O  A regular kitchen oven

Directions:

O  Make sure your platter is clean and dry. If desired use painter’s tape to mask off the edges of the platter, otherwise skip the tape and freehand it.

O  Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. You will be able to see the brush strokes after the paint dries, so be careful and keep your strokes even.

O  As soon as you are done painting carefully remove the tape if you used it. If you remove it before the last coat of paint dries, the tape will be less likely to peel up the edges of the paint.

O  Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your platter following the instructions printed on the back of the paint bottle. After baking turn off the oven and leave the platter inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.

You can then use the platter to serve cheese, or crackers, or vegetables, or fruit and use chalk to write down exactly what is on the plate! I think that is a fabulous idea for entertaining and I think it adds so much personality to your party. You will not only be the hostess with the most-ess, you will be the most creative host there is!

We all have those few (or many) pieces of art, photos of loved ones and travel memories that we want to display in our homes but sometimes that simple task can be overwhelming. Insert the lovely picture wall that will showcase everything that you love!

I recently have been redoing my place and started to use “picture walls” to share some of my favorite pieces without cluttering the surface areas. I love how it’s going so far, but my friends wanted to know how I came up with the placements. So without telling them it’s all in my head (its scary in there!) I thought I would share some layouts and other general ideas with them and you!

First pick the wall/area that you want to create your picture wall, it can truly be anywhere in your room, the main wall, off in a corner, going up the stairs and also a cool idea is if you have a wall that bumps out into the room you can “wrap” the picture wall around the corner!

Next decided what pieces you want in the specific room that you are decorating, make sure to have a variety of sizes and types (art, photos, handmade pieces, mirrors, posters, etc.) this adds visual interest and will draw your eye around the layout.

Then, take newspaper, printer paper, whatever scrap paper you have lying around and make a cut out of each piece that’s going up. Yes this is a major pain but trust me in the long run it is super helpful! *Note make sure you write what each cut out is so you don’t forget once everything is done.

Now for the fun part, start laying it out on the wall and use tape to secure the cutouts. I personally always start with the largest piece and place it off skew and go out from there. Remember once you think you have “it” to walk around the room and see the wall from all angles. Also go in and out of the room, call someone and chat for a while, just so you can get away from the wall. This allows you to regroup and make sure you still like the placement when you come back!

Now you can start hanging! I always put a crayon or charcoal pencil on the back of the frame where the nail hole is and lightly press it against the wall so I don’t have any hassles with nails. *Do not remove the cutouts from the wall until you are hanging that picture, I speak from personal experience.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to add a picture wall in your home. Here are some good layout ideas to get you started!

I love entertaining. I love being the hostess. I basically love everything about throwing a party! You can be the boss on what kind of dishes to use, what kind of flat wear to use, what kind of glasses to use and if there will be a theme or not! There is something special about being the “hostess with the most-ess” and everyone loves a well prepared, generous, friendly and wonderful host! So for those great parties everyone will be throwing this summer I thought these DIY Serving Platters would be the perfect addition to your line up of great items to use!

One of my other favorite new trends is chalkboard paint. This paint is so amazing for any project and can really be used in so many places in your home or apartment! Here is how the chalkboard paint is used in this project.

Supplies:

O  A porcelain platter

O  painter’s tape (optional)

O  Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Amazon)
(Don’t use regular chalkboard paint. This only works with porcelain paint.)

O  A soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)

O  A regular kitchen oven

Directions:

O  Make sure your platter is clean and dry. If desired use painter’s tape to mask off the edges of the platter, otherwise skip the tape and freehand it.

O  Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. You will be able to see the brush strokes after the paint dries, so be careful and keep your strokes even.

O  As soon as you are done painting carefully remove the tape if you used it. If you remove it before the last coat of paint dries, the tape will be less likely to peel up the edges of the paint.

O  Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your platter following the instructions printed on the back of the paint bottle. After baking turn off the oven and leave the platter inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.

You can then use the platter to serve cheese, or crackers, or vegetables, or fruit and use chalk to write down exactly what is on the plate! I think that is a fabulous idea for entertaining and I think it adds so much personality to your party. You will not only be the hostess with the most-ess, you will be the most creative host there is!

With summer entertaining high on my to-do list, these glass vase centerpieces caught my attention immediately! They are a super fun to make and you can really let your creativity shine. They are perfect for outdoor tables, or indoor tables during the winter months. You can even mix and match the colors of the flowers depending on the season!

I absolutely love flowers and anything involving fresh, or fake flowers gets my vote. As an added surprise to this craft, you can add a great table runner underneath the vase to make the whole table look complete. This project is great to do in the summer months because you can pick fresh flowers to add to the vase instead of fake ones. Though I have to admit, I love the way artificial flowers look too!

Supplies:

O  Antique glass jars and/or vases. (Can be found at antique stores or your local arts and crafts store.)

O  Enamel paint made for glass (Found at arts and crafts stores. Make sure it can be used on glass!)

O Flowers (Real or artificial!)

Directions:

O  Pour some of the enamel paint into the jar/vase and twirl around until the inside of the jar/vase is fully coated.

O  Depending on how many you are making, pour the remaining paint into another jar/vase and repeat.

O  Let the jars dry for two days then place flowers into the jar/vase.

And that’s it! It makes an adorable table centerpiece even for a casual kitchen table or island. Mix up the colors of the paint and flowers and play around with color schemes. Try dark shades for winter and lighter shades for fall. You can even try wrapping decorative ribbons around the jars too!

We love this project because of it’s simplicity and beautiful decorating options! This is a great project to do with your girlfriends and even trade with each other once you are all done! There is nothing better than freshening up a room with flowers and bright colors so make sure you keep that in mind when making these wonderful vases!

With the hot summer months approaching, sometimes you need to shut the windows and turn on the air conditioner instead. However, if you still want that fresh air scent, the only option is an air freshener! These DIY air fresheners will save you money and look super cute too! Sometimes these air fresheners you buy in the stores look so superficial and fake but these look like cute accessories you wouldn’t mind leaving on the coffee table.

This is a super easy DIY craft and something that can be used to compliment all that spring cleaning you have been doing. It only requires a few supplies and once you make one, you are going to want to make one for every room in your house, or apartment! You can make air fresheners with different scents for different rooms.

Supplies:

O  Glass Jar(s) – Any glass jar will do. Mason jars etc.

O  Scented Oil – These can be bought from The Body Shop, or Bath and Body Works

O  Baking Soda

 O  Fabric – Pick out a pretty pattern!

O  Ribbon

Directions:

O Measure about 1/2 cup of baking soda, (about 1/4 of a cup for smaller jars.) and fill up the jar with the baking soda.

O  For every 1/2 cup of baking soda, put 10-12 drops of the scented oil into the baking soda. Mix together and if you want add a fresh drop of the oil on top.

O  Cut out a piece of fabric according to the size of the opening of the jar and adding a little more so you can tie the ribbon around it.

O  Tie the ribbon around the jar, creating a pretty bow!

The baking soda in this craft absorbs the odor in the room and the oils will add a delicious, fresh scent! These fresheners will look great on a table, on a shelf, or even right on your kitchen counter. We all know pets, kids, or even just nasty weather can cause odors to build inside a house and these air fresheners will definitely get rid of any smells!

If you have any extra time, and are looking to freshen up your space, I would definitely recommend this craft! You can even decorate the outside of the jars to make them look even more pretty and unique. Try all different kinds of scents like  rose, lavender, vanilla and put a different one in each room! These air fresheners are sure to eliminate any odor stuck in your house or apartment and will look pretty while doing it!

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, and everyone looking to get organized during this busy time of year, I thought these DIY Paper Embellished Notebooks would act as the perfect gift to yourself or your Mom! This is a super easy and quick craft that anyone can do.  You can personalize the notebook however you want and decorate it with all kinds of fun items! Plus, if you make it for Mother’s Day, you can make a matching notebook for yourself!

Supplies:

O  Mod Podge (This can be found at any Arts and Crafts Store.)

O  Marble Composition Notebook (These can be found at dollar stores, or even drug stores.)

O  Decorative Paper (Again, this can be found at any Arts and Crafts store or a Stationery Store.)

Directions:

O  Cut a piece of the decorative paper according to the measurements of the notebook, using a ruler as a straightedge. You may want to add 1/2 inch to the paper measurements so you can just fold the excess paper over top, bottom, and side of the notebook.

O  Spread the Mod Podge all over the front of the notebook and a little bit on the back of the paper as well.

O  Place the paper onto the notebook and hold for at least 30 seconds.

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love to decorate and get creative with arts and crafts. You can buy decorative labels as well and place one on top of the paper to write someone’s name. You can also buy stickers and write a name on the notebook. You can even get small scrap-booking decals and place them on too! The possibilities are endless, this is the time to have fun!

I also love taking trips to Michael’s or any other craft store, I find it comforting when I am stressed out! So go crazy at your local craft store because you can really decorate these notebooks however you want! Your Mom will love how much thought went into them and how cute and pretty they look.

Really fancy monogrammed paper embellished notebook.

Whether you use this craft as a Mother’s Day gift idea or just as a rainy day activity, you will have tons of fun playing around with decorating ideas. The notebook will come out looking like you bought it from a stationery store! Make it pink, blue, purple or green. Decorate it with glitter, stickers, labels or polka dots. These notebooks are super fun to make and so perfect for this time of year!

This is a super exciting project, and super appropriate for this time of year! I don’t know about you, but during the winter months here in NYC, my skin becomes dry and itchy!

I feel like I go into hibernation from November to February and it definitely takes a toll on my skin. So in order to get beach-ready and mini skirt-ready skin, I found this amazing DIY Citrus Body Scrub!

This recipe can definitely be tweaked and perfected to how you like it, but it is such an easy craft, and something that you can totally make a girls day out of. You don’t need to go out and spend tons of money on expensive body scrubs, which is also something that I can totally go for.

I love the way some of those scrubs smell and feel but who really needs to spend a fortune on something that you slather all over your skin?!

I especially love this project because I love any skin product that is citrus scented. It feels incredibly refreshing and makes you feel so clean.

Ingredients

O  1 cup Sea Salt

O  ¼ cup Vegetable Oil

O  ½ tsp Lemon Juice (or Lemon Zest)

O  ½ tsp of Orange Zest

O  1 Medium or Large sized Mason Jar (or any other type of jar)

Directions

O  First, mix the oil and the salt together, adding the oil a little bit at a time. You may not need all that oil, so depending on how you like the consistency of your scrub to be you can add more or less of the oil.

O  Add the orange zest. (This ingredient adds so much to this craft. All you have to do is grate the skin of one orange and add it to the mixture.)

O  Drizzle the lemon juice over the salt and oil mix. (Do not add too much lemon juice otherwise your scrub will become too watery. Use your judgment on how much is too much.)

O  Mix well and store in air tight jar.

Once you are done with this, you are ready to hop in the shower or bath and exfoliate your body with an amazing scrub! I like to exfoliate once a week, and especially in the summer to get rid of dry skin from the sun.

This is so great to make as a gift too and personalize with stickers and labels. We love great skincare tips and this one is definitely a keeper for the summer!

This DIY craft is perfect for any occasion! It is perfect for summertime parties, weddings, barbeques, graduation festivities, birthdays, Fourth of July cookouts, any gathering that you may be planning! These Mason Jar floating candle centerpieces will definitely be a huge hit at any party, and the best part is, you can tell your guests you made them yourself!

They are absolutely stunning and will definitely catch the attention of any guest.

What You Need:

O  Mason Jar(s) – The amount of Mason Jar you buy will depend on how many centerpieces you are making.

O  Smooth Glass beads/stones – Available at any Arts & Crafts store

O  Floating candles – Again, the number of candles will depend on how many centerpieces you are making

O  Decorative string or ribbon

Instructions:

O  Place glass beads/stones in jar and only fill up about 1.5 inches of the jar.

O  Fill two thirds of the jar with water. (You may add more water after you put the candle in if you’d like.)

O  Tie decorative ribbon/string on neck of jar.

O  Place floating candle inside jar.

I think these are the perfect centerpieces for any backyard summer get together. Once the sun starts to set, these will look beautiful on tables and porches. I absolutely love candles and cannot wait to make these for the summer! You can also substitute the floating candle with artificial flowers to add a splash of color to your table.

I really think I was supposed to live in the South because I love any kind of mason jar craft! These floating candle centerpieces will have your guests thinking that you spent a fortune on decorations, when you really put them together yourself.

How beautiful will these look sitting on a picnic table, or porch, or even beside your pool on a summer night?! Since I love candles and mason jars I will definitely be putting these together before Memorial Day weekend!

What you need:

3 yards of silk ribbon cord

2 dozen gold beads

(You can find these supplies at your local arts & crafts store.)

Steps:

O Cut the ribbon into 3 equal lengths of 29 inches so that you can comfortably wrap the bracelet 4 times around your wrist.

O Start braiding about 6 inches of ribbon, and secure the end with a rubber band. To hold the bracelet in place, put something heavy on top.

O Start braiding in the beads by threading the ball onto the middle ribbon and then tightly braiding the other strands around it.

O Continue braiding in the beads until you have about 6 inches of ribbon left.

O Finish with another 6 inches of braiding, then clamp the ends together with fasteners or just tie a knot.

This is a great gift idea too! Think of making one for your friend’s birthday or cocktail party. They look great as a bracelet or even a necklace and you can switch up the ribbon colors to give you that pop of color you need for the spring. These wrap bracelets are all over the place right now, and I think you will see them on everyone’s wrist once the weather gets even nicer.

Finished bracelet!

 

I know that in my house the walls are so bare that you can barely concentrate on anything, because you don’t feel as though anything is lifting you up or lightening up your room.

Depending on what your special hobby is or whatever it is that makes you happy and lightens up your day just a bit, here is a DIY craft that I thought of that will be assured to add a “vavoom” to the bland walls that you may be looking at on a daily basis.

Needs:

O One Elmers Glue Stick [ try to use the clue glue stick that is also called “photo glue” ]

O One small plain wood frame which you can usually find at your local craft store. I choose: [www.michaels.com]

A cheap or old pair of scissors

A collage of some sort of magazine whether it would be home,fashion,lifestyle,crafts etc.

What To Do:

Take a magazine with most of your favorite hobbies in it and start cutting out your favorite things. Try to cut out small images because depending on the type of wood frame you bought, you want to make sure that the image fits on the frame.

O Once you are done cutting and cropping out all of your favorite things out of the magazine, apply the elmers photo glue on the back of the images that you want to paste onto the photo frame.

O Begin pasting the images onto the wood photo frame over-lapping one another to create the “collage” affect.

O Once you are done repeating the last step until all of your images are used, let the photo frame dry for 30-40 minutes and then you should have your final product!

Who needs to buy their own flower pot when you can make your own flower pot?

When I was younger my mom and I for girl scouts would always go to this hand-made clay making place called “clayin around”.

Little did I know that I could actually buy the clay from a craft store and make my own ideas. One of my favorite DIY’S has always been the hand made flower pot! Perfect idea and the littlest perfect gift!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1

Mix a 2-to-1 ratio of baking soda and cornstarch in a saucepan.

Step 2

Measure 1 1/4 cups of cold water for every cup of cornstarch you used in the mixture. Add food coloring to the water and mix it with a spoon. Make the water as dark or as light as you like.

Step 3

Pour the water into the saucepan with the baking soda and cornstarch. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the consistency is that of mashed potatoes. This may take four to five minutes.

Step 4

Empty the contents of the saucepan onto a plate. Cover the clay with a damp towel until it cools.

Step 5

Cut out the bottom half of a plastic milk jug. Clean and dry the inside of the milk jug thoroughly. Coat the inside of the milk jug with cooking spray. The cooking spray will act as a release agent for the clay mixture.

Step 6

Shape the cooled clay inside the milk jug to form your flower pot. Make the bottom and edges of the flower pot about 1 inch thick.

Step 7

Remove the shaped flower pot from the milk jug and place it on a foil-covered baking sheet.

Step 8

Press colorful flat-backed glass cabochons around the outside of the flower pot. Decorate the flower pot with as many glass bits as you like. Mosaic tiles or broken bits of ceramic are also nice decorations for your flower pots.

Step 9

Puncture the bottom of the clay flower pots with a knitting needle to make drainage holes. Allow the flower pot to dry overnight before planting.

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